Robert H. Kinkead, Jr.

pic2Bob Kinkead is a self-trained chef who began his career as a teenager, working summers in restaurants in Cape Cod. He continued his career in the food service industry, gaining first hand experience in several of New England’s finer restaurants and hotels, including Chillingsworth in Brewster on Cape Cod and the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bob has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

In 1983 Bob Kinkead was named to Food & Wine Magazine’s Honor Roll of Sixty of the Nation’s Most Promising Culinary Talents.  This honor roll was the precursor to the Beard awards “Who’s Who of Culinary America.”

Bob Moved to Washington in 1987 to open Twenty One Federal on L Street. Since then Bob has been the chef and proprietor of Colvin Run Tavern, Sibling Rivalry in Boston, Hell Point Seafood in Annapolis and the legendary Kinkead’s at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave-nue.

Over his 40 plus year career in restaurant business, Bob and his restaurant Kinkead’s have won nearly every major award in the food service industry including the James Beard Award for best chef Mid Atlantic in 1995, The IFMA Silver Plate, The Restaurant and Institutions Ivy Award, The Silver Spoon, the Mondavi Award and Nations Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame among others.

Bob is the author of “Kinkead’s Cookbook,” which features many of the seafood dishes for which Kinkead’s became famous for over the years. The book was released in January of 2005 and published by Ten Speed Press.

With the opening of Ancora in the 600 Watergate Building across from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the soon to open Campono cafe, Bob turns his talents to the cooking and foods of Italy. While his focus will still be on seafood, the Italian concept at Ancora will provide a broader palate of meats, salumi, pastas and other Italian specialties.

Bob lives with his wife Dianne in Great Falls, Virginia and has 6 grandchildren, three of whom live in the Marche region of Italy.


the following is the partial list of kinkead awards:

  • IMFA Silver Plate Award, 2006, Independent Restaurants
  • James Beard Award Winner, Best American Chef, Mid Atlantic Region, 1995
  • Restaurants and Institutions, Ivy Award, May 2000.
  • Food Arts Magazine Silver Spoon Award, March 2001
  • C.I.R.A: Council of Independent Restaurants/Dine Originals,
  • Co-Founder
  • President, 1998-2003
  • Former Board Member, Past President
  • Nation’s Restaurant News, Fine Dining Hall of Fame, 1999
    Robert Mondavi Award for Culinary Excellence, 1999
  • Zagat Survey, Washington-Baltimore Guide, Voted # 1 most popular DC Restaurant 2000 through 2008, 26 rating.
  • Nominated for James Beard Award, Best Mid-Atlantic Chef, 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1995
  • DiRoNA award, 2006-2007 for Colvin Run Tavern,
  • DiRoNA award, 1997-2008 for Kinkead’s
  • DiRoNA award, 1996 for Kinkead’s, October 10, 1996
  • DiRoNA award, 1992 for Twenty-One Federal, May, 1992.
  • Esquire Magazine,  Cheers! The best New Restaurants of 1995 America’s Best New Restaurants, John Mariani for Kinkead’s.
  • Selected to represent the Washington Redskins at “Taste of the NFL”, at the Super bowl in Minneapolis, MN, January 25, 1992. And again from 1995 to 2004.
  • Selected Washington Area Chef of the Year, Chefs in America, 1992.
  • The National Pork Producers Council Taste of Elegance Award 1st Place in the National Competition, March 15, 1992.
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, Chef of  the Year, June, 1992.
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, New
  • Restaurant of the Year, 1994 (Kinkead’s)Professional Organizations:
  • C.I.R.A.: Council of Independent Restaurants, Co-Founder President, 1998-2003 Former Board Member, Past President
  • American Institute of Wine and Food
  • James Beard Foundation
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • Board of Advisors, Sullivan College, Louisville, KY
  • Board of Directors, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington 1993 through 1999.
  • Board of Directors, Marriott Hospitality High School, Washington, DC, June 2000 to 2002